M31-60

//M31-60
M31-60 2017-01-31T10:52:41+00:00

Choose from

M90+.

M40 (Winnecke 4)

Messier 40, also known as Winnecke 4. Basically it’s a double star, and an optical double at that!

It was discovered by Messier while he was looking for a nebula reported in the area by Johannes Hevelius. He couldn’t find it so he catalogued this double star instead. Most have been a slow night or something…

And why did I bother imaging it? Well it was in the only patch of clear sky there was and I only had a few minutes before it clouded over. Still, it’s another Messier object to add to my list 🙂

Object ID M40 / Winnecke 4
Double star, Ursa Major
Mag. 8.4, Size 0.8′
Details 2018-09-14 through gaps in cloud
Telescope 200mm f5 Newtonian, MPCC
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Camera Canon 600D
Exposure(s) 5x20s darks, flats
Capture APT
Processing Nebulosity 4, Photoshop
14 September 2018|M31-60, News|

M39 (NGC 7092)

Nice wide open cluster with a deep Milky Way background too.

Object ID M39 (NGC 7092)
Open cluster Cygnus
Mag. 4.6, Size 32′
Details 2018-09-08
Not very transparent.
Telescope 200mm f5 Newtonian, MPCC
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Guiding c80ED, ASI 290MC
Camera Canon 600D
Exposure(s) 10x60s, darks and flats
Capture APT, PHD
Processing Nebulosity, Photoshop
5 September 2018|M31-60, News, Open Cluster|

Orion and Running Man nebulae

Red channel has poor focus.

Object ID M42,43 and Sh2-279
Details Nebulae, Orion
Mag. 4 Size 65’x60′
Telescope C80ED @ f5.6 (x0.75 reducer)
Camera Atik 460EX (-15C) and SX filter wheel
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Exposure(s) L 10x60s 1×1, RGB 10x60s each 2×2
darks, no flats or bias
Capture APT, finder guiding with PHD2
Processing Stacked in Nebulosity, processed in Photoshop and Lightroom
14 February 2018|M31-60, Nebula, News, NGC Winter|

M45 Pleiades

A new combination tonight.

Object ID M45, Pleiades
Details Open Cluster, Taurus
Mag. 1.6, Size 110′
Telescope C80ED @ f5.6 (x0.75 reducer)
Camera Atik 460EX (-15C) and SX filter wheel
IDAS P2 LPR filter
Exposure(s) L 10x60s 1×1, RGB 10x60s each 2×2
darks, no flats or bias
Capture APT unguided
Processing Stacked in Nebulosity, processed in Photoshop
16 December 2017|M31-60, News, Open Cluster|

M57 (NGC 6720)

Another attempt at this object. Not been back to this for years.

Trying a new style of “data card” below:

Object ID M57 (NGC 6720) Ring Nebula
Details Planetary Nebula, Lyra
Mag 8.8, Size 1.4’x1.0′
Date/Time 2017-10-22
Telescope 200mm f8 RC
Camera Canon EOS 600D,  IDAS P2 LPR filter
Exposure(s) L 30x60s Darks ISO800
Capture APT, piggyback guiding with 70mm f/7 refractor
Processing Stacked in Nebulosity, processed in Photoshop and Lightroom
22 October 2017|M31-60, News|

M51 (NGC 5194)

“Whirlpool”, Spiral Galaxy, Canes Venatici
Mag 8.4 Size 11.2′ x 6.9′
2017-02-16
200mm f8 RC
Piggyback guiding with 70mm f/7 refractor
L 10×240s 2×2, RGB 10×120s 4×4 Darks Bias Flats
Atik 460EX (-25C), LRGB filters, IDAS P2 LPR filter
Captured in APT, Processed in Nebulosity3, PS CC, LightRoom

Best clear night for a while. Quite transparent and still.

17 February 2017|Galaxy, M31-60, News|